Fantasy: Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden

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Fantasy: Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden
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Video by
ReleasedMarch 4, 1996 (VHS)
March 4, 1996 (Laserdisc)
November 16, 2004 (DVD)
RecordedOctober 10, 1995
VenueMadison Square Garden
(New York City, New York)
Genre
Length59:00
LabelColumbia
DirectorLawrence Jordan
ProducerMariah Carey, Jack Gulick, Randy Hoffman, Al Smith
Mariah Carey chronology
Here Is Mariah Carey
(1993)
Fantasy: Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden
(1996)
Around the World
(1999)

Fantasy: Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden is Mariah Carey's fourth DVD/home video release. It presents Carey performing live at the Madison Square Garden on October 10, 1995. The home video was originally released in early 1996, and the DVD was released in late 2004. It was distributed by Columbia Pictures.

Originally shown as a television special on November 29, 1995 on Fox, the video presented Carey performing a concert to celebrate and promote her fifth studio album, Daydream, and to help prepare her and her crew for her 1996 Daydream World Tour. Carey performed five songs from Daydream—"Fantasy", "One Sweet Day", "Always Be My Baby", "Open Arms", and "Forever"—in addition to six of her older hits: "Vision of Love", "Make It Happen", "I'll Be There", "Dreamlover", "Hero", and "Without You".

The concert featured a number of guest stars. Boyz II Men performed "One Sweet Day" with Carey, and Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men also performed "I'll Be There" with her. Although he did not perform with Carey, Ol' Dirty Bastard came out and rapped some of his lines to the Bad Boy Remix of "Fantasy".

The video release comes with two bonus music videos of "One Sweet Day" and the C&C Video Edit of "Anytime You Need a Friend". Performances of "Vision of Love," "Make It Happen," "Fantasy," and "One Sweet Day" from this concert would later be compiled into audio release as official live versions on commercial/promo singles.

Fantasy: Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden was re-released in 2008 as part of Mariah Carey: DVD Collection, a 2DVD set also including #1's.

The video is presented in a slightly altered version, omitting Carey's introduction of her band members preceding "Vision of Love," segments of the outro that featured Ol' Dirty Bastard, segments of her waving to the crowd at the conclusion of the concert, and the credit of "Joy to the World – From St. John the Divine", as that performance was not included on the VHS or DVD version of this release (but originally aired on the FOX special.)

Fantasy: Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden is widely considered one of Carey’s best performances of all time, with critics applauding her choice of songs and ability to mimic the studio version’s exact notes live.

Track listing[edit]

Fantasy: Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Fantasy" 
2."Make It Happen" 
3."Open Arms"
 
4."Dreamlover"
  • Carey
  • Hall
 
5."Without You"  
6."One Sweet Day" (with Boyz II Men) 
7."I'll Be There" (with Wanya Morris) 
8."Hero"
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
 
9."Always Be My Baby" 
10."Forever"
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
 
11."Vision of Love" 
Bonus Videos
No.TitleDirector(s)Length
12."One Sweet Day" (with Boyz II Men)Larry Jordan 
13."Anytime You Need a Friend" (dance version)Danielle Federici 

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Certification Sales
French Music DVD Chart[1] Gold 10,000[2]
U.S. Billboard Top Music Video[3] 1 Platinum 100,000[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ French Music DVD Chart
  2. ^ SNEP Archived 2009-06-02 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ U.S. Billboard Top Music Video
  4. ^ "American video certifications – Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Video Longform, then click SEARCH.